Teen Titans, vol. 1: Earth One

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When I was a preteen, there were two comics that dominated the market: X-Men and Teen Titans. While the X-Men have maintained their popularity for the most part, the success of the Teen Titans has waned. Yes, writer Geoff Johns…

Alive

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Alternative manga is often obtuse, which can be a detriment or a delight. Taguchi Hajime’s Alive is often both at once. The book is a collection of loosely-connected stories: teenagers hiding from their exams on a rooftop; a man who is afraid to love, cohabiting with a…

Amala’s Blade: Spirits of Naamaron

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Amala was supposed to have a grand destiny: she was meant to unite the tech-loving Modifiers and tech-wary Purifiers, who have been at war for twenty years, but destiny just isn’t working out. After running away as a child, Amala was taken…

The Late Child and Other Animals

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The Late Child and Other Animals is an intriguing beast: a personal memoir of Marguerite Van Cook’s post-war British childhood that reads like lush fiction, segmented into seemingly unrelated stories that drift in and out of sharp focus. There’s a…

Beauty

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With a heroine bearing an uncanny resemblance to Snow White and a story peopled with buffoons, tyrants, and mischievous fairies, Beauty begs comparison, at least visually, to a Disney Princess film. But alternatively, it’s just about the farthest thing from…

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman

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Jaco is an alien who wishes his reputation preceded him; as it stands, his creator, Akira Toriyama of Dragon Ball fame, is the one with a reputation. Jaco cruises the galaxy under the impression that he is an elite agent of justice, when in…